This is SO me!

This is SO me!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Paula's Reveal Gift

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Last night, the Meade Girls met at The Olive Tree restaurant for our Secret Sister Reveal Dinner. I think everyone was surprised at who their secret sister was!

Now, here are pictures of the desk set that I made for Paula. I used Bombshell Stamps' Retro Cowgirl, which is one of my favorite sets. I sure hope she liked it! (I apologize now for the poor pictures- everything seemed to have a glare on it when I took the pictures!)

Here is the card. It's one that I had previously made for a Bombshell DT-only technique challenge so if you regularly follow my blog, you'll remember it.

I used the "cracked glass" technique on this card- a first for me, and I was happy with how it turned out. So happy, in fact, that I made her gifts to match the card.

I was looking through an ABC Distributing catalog one day and saw that they had these cute little note paper holders. When I received them in the mail and opened the box, there was one in a color that nearly matches Stampin' Up's Summer Sun color, so I decided to "decorate" it up a bit, using the same papers, colors and Retro Cowgirl image as the card...and here's how it turned out:

...and on the inside there was a place for a photo, so I put the Retro Cowgirl inside, too, and then stamped "Howdy" on the first sheet of note paper. I really like how this turned out!

Next, I found a small wooden clip board that I had bought at Michael's a while back. I removed the metal hardware from the clip board and stained the wood using a rub-on liquid stain. Once dry, I covered the front with matching DSP using quite a few coats of Modge Podge. I stamped the Retro Cowgirl image, colored her using my Copics and then cut her out and adhered her to the front of the clip board, coating her in several more coats of Modge Podge. Once dry, I reattached the hardware. It didn't come out quite as well as I had hoped...

In the bag with the clip board, I found a travel mug that I had bought and forgotten I had, so I decorated the mug again using the same papers, and image, but this time, I also used the other Retro Cowgirl, too. It was tricky getting the images lined up properly but all-in-all, I guess it turned out okay.

Lastly, I made an 8x8" recipe page for "Cowgirl Beans".

I hope that Paula liked having me as her Secret Sister as much as I enjoyed BEING her Secret Sister and I hope that she enjoys her desk set!

Stamps: Retro Cowgirl, Western Gal from Bombshell Stamps
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, Creamy Caramel (Stampin' Up)
Papers: Summer Sun, Cranberry Crisp (Stampin' Up), Neenah 80# white, star design patterned paper unknown
Accessories: small clip board, travel mug (Michael's), Modge Podge, note pad holder (ABC Distributing), star brads (Stampin' Up), Cranberry Crisp stitched ribbon (Stampin' Up), Copic Markers, sponge, Cuttlebug, Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities, large star punch (Stampin' Up)

Here are some pictures that Angie took at our dinner:

The Meade Girls minus a few:

Angie with the gift her secret sister, Tilly, made her- a beautiful altered tin filled with even more beautiful cards:

Please excuse the devil's horns- Jane was being bad...again! :)

Gloria with the gift her secret sister, Kathi, made her- a yummy Dunkin' Donuts gift set- complete with mug, and DD coffee in an incredible handmade box!!

Jane with the gift that her secret sister, Angie, made her- a paper "designer" Angie original purse filled with all sorts of goodies...including CHOCOLATE and an amazing quilted card to match!

Kathi, getting some help from friends, with the gift that her secret sister, Cindy, made her- a shadow box with interchangable seasonal inserts. Gorgeous!

Paula with the gift that her secret sister, ME, made for her using my beloved Bombshell stamps:

Pete with the handmade gift that her secret sister, Gloria, made her- a beautiful card organizer complete with a collection of cards, inserts, monthly reminders AND postage stamps and to top if off, she put it inside a gorgeous handmade box!

Cindy with her handmade gift from her secret sister, Jane...yeah, the Jane who said she can't make should SEE this! An ABSOLUTELY gorgeous box with Cindy's picture on the ornament:

We were missing 2 people who participated in this round...Jen, whose secret sister was Paula and Amanda, who was my secret sister. We missed you girls!!

1 comment:

  1. Mary, you did a fantastic job with all your Bombshell gifts! I especially love the notepad holder and clipboard! Everything was so cute! I know Paula really enjoyed you being her Secret Sister!

    What a fun evening with everyone and so many wonderful gifts! What an incredibly talented group we have!


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